CeBIT Hannover 2007 (Part 5)

CeBIT Hannover 2007 Part 5

Altec Lansing's Booth

 Altec Lansing was very prominent this year, with its focus shifting to provide more solutions for households.

 We had the pleasure of being briefed by Luc Ackaert, EMEA Marketing Director of Altec Lansing. With the move towards more home-centric products (and in a way re-entering the market where the company once focused), he explained that Altec Lansing will be modifying its end-user sales model to encompass demo rooms and the likes to better educate and convince the masses of its lineup. This will take some time to kick into effect but they understand that it is an important link to consumers and they can't rely solely on the traditional method of just flooding retail channels with their products.

 This is the PT7031 single-unit sound system that replaces separate A/V receivers and multiple speaker units. Using the system's NXT flat-panel technology to reflect sound off the walls, the unit is able to provide a complete multi-channel Dolby surround sound processing. With a more aesthetically pleasing design, it looks like it is going to give Yamaha a serious competition. Comes with a universal remote control and this one-unit surround sound system is expected to be available in after June this year.

 Another version of the above ships with a wireless rear speaker unit and this is known as the PT8051 surround sound system. The main speaker unit for this model differs from the above with the inclusion of a wireless transmission module. For those who can accommodate this two-unit sound system, this will definitely provide more accurate surround positioning and the entire PT8051 system sounded pretty decent from our test trial. Excellent for flat panel TV owners who don't want the clutter of an audiophile's sound system and aren't too demanding.